Seth Rogen brought his comedy chops to a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing about the unfunny subject of Alzheimer’s disease in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
His testimony was hilarious, informative and incredibly endearing.
“Yes, I am aware that this has nothing to do with the legalization of marijuana,” he said, as people in the room laughed.
He thanked senators “for the opportunity for me to be called an ‘expert’ at something.”
The 31-year-old actor made a joke that some people may not recognize him if they’re unfamiliar with his 2008 hit film Knocked Up — especially the chairman who had never see the flick.
Jokes aside, the funny man, joined by doctors from the National Institutes of Health and former Rep. Denis Moore of Kansas, who has Alzheimer’s, went into great detail about meeting his wife, Lauren, nine years ago when her mother, Adele, was almost 54-years-old.
Soon after his first meeting Adele, she was diagnosed with the disease at just 55-years-old.
He admitted he initially thought of Alzheimer’s, which is a progressive deterioration of the brain that eventually leads to death, like most people do — that it’s just something that victimizes "only really, really old people.”
By the age of 60, the schoolteacher of 35 years was unable to speak, feed herself, dress herself, and go to the bathroom herself.
Along with his wife and close friends, he launched an organization, Hilarity for Charity, to help educate young Americans about the disease.
"The situation is so dire that it caused me, a lazy, self-involved, generally self-medicated man-child to start an entire charity organization," he said.
He ended his speech by revealing his three main reasons he decided to stand before the Senate to testify about the incurable sickness.
“I came here today for a few reasons,” he said. “One, I’m a huge House of Cards fan. Just marathoned the whole thing, had to be here.
“…Two, is to say, people need more help. I’ve personally witnessed the massive amount of financial strain this disease causes and if the American people ever decide to reject genitalia-driven comedy, I will no longer be able to afford it. ... I can't begin to imagine how people with more limited incomes are dealing with this.”
He added, “The third reason I’m here, simply, is to show people that they’re not alone. So few people share their personal stories, so few people have something to relate to, I know that if me and my wife saw somebody like me talking about this, we would feel less alone.”